Guide to Understanding the Information

The Cowen Institute Guide to Public Schools offers a wide variety of information to help individuals learn more about schools in New Orleans. Below, we offer a brief description of each of the data points that you will find listed for every school. The data have been categorized to help you find what you're looking for.

Data Sources

Louisiana Department of Education
Letter Grade & SPS Enrollment / Student-Teacher Ratio / % FRL, SPED, & ELL / Race/Ethnicity / AP Enrollment / Teacher Data / % On or Above Grade Level (All, FRL, SPED)

New Orleans Parent’s Guide
Website / Transportation / Registration Process / Special Programs / Extracurricular Activities  / Sports

OneApp
Due Date / Transportation / App Priorities

School Characteristics

School Contact Information: We have listed the school's physical address (or addresses if they have more than one campus) as well as their phone number and website address.

Grades Served: The grades listed are the grades that the school anticipates serving in the 2015-16 school year.

Enrollment: This lists the school's total enrollment in the 2013-14 school year.

Student-Teacher Ratio: The number of students per teacher at the school in the 2012-13 school year (most recent year available).

Enrollment Information

EnrollmentInfo Application Due Date: The last day that you may submit your application. For more information, see the most recent OneApp or the school's website.

Registration Process: Some schools have different processes for registration. We have collected this information for schools. For more information, see the most recent OneApp or the school's website.

School Performance

School Performance School Performance Score: Each year, schools are evaluated by the Louisiana Department of Education based on their students' academic performance. The scale ranges from 0-150 and, when applicable, we have provided the two most recent scores. To learn more about how these scores are calculated, see the Cowen Institute's latest report on School Performance Scores here.

Letter Grade: Each school is given a letter grade (A-F) based on their school performance score. Schools that have recent been taken over by a new operator are given a "T" in their first two years of operation. 

Student Characteristics

StudentCharacteristics % FRL: The percentage of students who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in the 2013-14 school year.

% SPED: The percentage of students who were classified as special education students in the 2012-13 school year.

% ELL: The percentage of students who were classified as having limited English proficiency in the 2013-14 school year.

% by Race: The percentage of students at the school who were listed as African-American, White, Asian, Hispanic, or Other in the 2013-14 school year.

Student Performance

Student Performance

% At or Above Grade Level: The percentage of students who scored at or above grade level on their standardized tests in the 2013-14 school year. This percentage is determined based on performance on the LEAP/iLEAP tests for elementary/middle school students and End of Course tests for high school students. Learn more about the LEAP/iLEAP tests in this Cowen Institute report. More about End of Course tests and other high school achievement data can be found in our annual State of Public Education in New Orleans report. 

% FRL at or Above Grade Level: The percentage of free or reduced-price lunch eligible students who scored at or above grade level on standardized test.

% SPED at or Above Grade Level: The percentage of special education students who scored at or above grade level on standardized test.

High School Only

% 18+ ACT: The percentage of students at the school who scored at or above 18 of 36 total possible points on the ACT. The ACT is required for entry into most area colleges and universities. To put ACT performance into context, a student must score 17 or higher for the TOPS Tech Award and 20 or higher for the TOPS Opportunity Award (TOPS is a scholarship program for Louisiana residents). 

Cohort Graduation Rate: The percentage of students who graduate on-time in four years.

% Enrolled AP: The percentage of students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Advanced Placement courses provide students with exposure to college-level coursework and students who perform well enough can earn college credit while in high school.

School Services

SchoolServices Special Programs: A list of the special programs that schools offer. Examples include school gardens, extended school days, and music or language programs. The New Orleans Parents Guide, an invaluable resource for parents looking at schools, offers a more comprehensive listing.

Extracurricular: A list of extracurricular activities that are offered for students during after-school hours. Examples include tutoring, theatre, and art clubs. The New Orleans Parents Guide, an invaluable resource for parents looking at schools, offers a more comprehensive listing.

Sports: A list of the official sports programs offered at schools. The New Orleans Parents Guide, an invaluable resource for parents looking at schools, offers a more comprehensive listing.

Transportation: Most schools offer yellow bus transportation to their students, while some offer RTA transportation tokens, or a combination of both.

Teacher Data

All teacher data are from the 2012-13 school year.

Teacher % Certified: The percentage of teachers at the school who are certified to teach in Louisiana. See here for more information on teacher certification in Louisiana.

Average Years of Experience: The average number of years that teachers at the school have been teaching.

% Master's Degree: The percentage of teachers at the school who have earned Master's degrees.

Turnover Rate: The percentage of teachers who left the school from the previous year.

% Minority: The percentage of teachers who are considered minority (i.e. non-white teachers).

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